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Rich Manning had known Jamie Warren forever. And he loved her--strictly as a friend. But all that changed the day Jamie asked him to be the father of her as-yet-unconceived child! Rich agreed on one condition: they marry. Suddenly, Rich was discovering a side of Jamie he'd never seen before, and was swept away by a passion sweeter than anything he'd ever known ... a passion Rich Manning had known Jamie Warren forever. And he loved her--strictly as a friend. But all that changed the day Jamie asked him to be the father of her as-yet-unconceived child! Rich agreed on one condition: they marry. Suddenly, Rich was discovering a side of Jamie he'd never seen before, and was swept away by a passion sweeter than anything he'd ever known ... a passion that stunned his senses. But could he prove to the headstrong Mrs. Manning that it was time to let the world in on their secret--that their love was truly here to stay?


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Rich Manning had known Jamie Warren forever. And he loved her--strictly as a friend. But all that changed the day Jamie asked him to be the father of her as-yet-unconceived child! Rich agreed on one condition: they marry. Suddenly, Rich was discovering a side of Jamie he'd never seen before, and was swept away by a passion sweeter than anything he'd ever known ... a passion Rich Manning had known Jamie Warren forever. And he loved her--strictly as a friend. But all that changed the day Jamie asked him to be the father of her as-yet-unconceived child! Rich agreed on one condition: they marry. Suddenly, Rich was discovering a side of Jamie he'd never seen before, and was swept away by a passion sweeter than anything he'd ever known ... a passion that stunned his senses. But could he prove to the headstrong Mrs. Manning that it was time to let the world in on their secret--that their love was truly here to stay?

30 review for Marriage of Inconvenience

  1. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    What started out as a great idea plummeted into a "why am I still reading this clap trap" The story could have been so good - plenty of angst in the beginning and multiple ways that Debbie could have turned it on it's head. Instead all that was written was a hoo hum "drama" of a typical marriage of convenience business arrangement issue ... And that could have been solved in 3 chapters ... instead it went on and on and on and on and ... you get the picture I used to love Debbie's stand alone drama What started out as a great idea plummeted into a "why am I still reading this clap trap" The story could have been so good - plenty of angst in the beginning and multiple ways that Debbie could have turned it on it's head. Instead all that was written was a hoo hum "drama" of a typical marriage of convenience business arrangement issue ... And that could have been solved in 3 chapters ... instead it went on and on and on and on and ... you get the picture I used to love Debbie's stand alone drama novels, but have come to the conclusion that now she is heavily involved in whimsical romantic sagas she's not the author I once loved :) I do enjoy a good romantic novel (it's my preferred genre) but I prefer there to be some "issue" or rela tension ... I don't want to read what amounts to a "diary" of events ...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Booklover

    This started out really well but Jamie irritated me so much,i kind off dislike her by the time i finished,keeps turning hot/cold towards Rich hurting him and making matter worse and complicated,anyways even after Jamie's hot/cold fluctuations which lead to misunderstandings they do manage to get their HEA Okay read

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sep

    This is one of Debbie Macomber's early books. (BTW I think her latest ones are classics.) Yes, it was a romance and part of a series, but the plot is possible and almost believable. Jamie and Rich Manning have been best buds for years. After sobbing her way out of her latest boy friend's betrayal, Jamie approaches Rich with a proposition. She want him to contribute to an artificial insemination, so that Jamie can have the children she always wanted. Rich insists on a marriage of convenience becau This is one of Debbie Macomber's early books. (BTW I think her latest ones are classics.) Yes, it was a romance and part of a series, but the plot is possible and almost believable. Jamie and Rich Manning have been best buds for years. After sobbing her way out of her latest boy friend's betrayal, Jamie approaches Rich with a proposition. She want him to contribute to an artificial insemination, so that Jamie can have the children she always wanted. Rich insists on a marriage of convenience because no kid of his is going to be born illegitimate. You can imagine how things go from there. My one criticism is that the couple tended to over react to EVERYTHING with accusations, door slamming, elevator door slamming etc.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This is not my preferred genre to begin with (I read it for my book club), and I knew exactly how the entire plot was going to go from reading the book jacket. Yawn.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Christie Moore

    This kinda reminds me of how my husband and i were first married. We only married to begin because of our baby girl. I wanted her daddy in her life and his family told him to do the right thing. It took us a long time to realize we could be husband and and wife as well as best friends. As in this book there are several twists and turns and circumstances that are humorous and annoying Jamie and Rich find their way to love, in spite of marriage and a baby. A good read.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Glenda L

    Good read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Julianna

    Reviewed for THC Reviews Marriage of Inconvenience was a nice start to The Manning Sisters spin-off series, Those Manning Men. It is a sweet story of two best friends who've had one too many bad dating experiences and have given up on traditional love and marriage. However, both of them badly want a child of their own, so they agree to enter into a marriage of convenience with the intention of producing one via artificial insemination. Things don't exactly go as planned, and before they know it, Reviewed for THC Reviews Marriage of Inconvenience was a nice start to The Manning Sisters spin-off series, Those Manning Men. It is a sweet story of two best friends who've had one too many bad dating experiences and have given up on traditional love and marriage. However, both of them badly want a child of their own, so they agree to enter into a marriage of convenience with the intention of producing one via artificial insemination. Things don't exactly go as planned, and before they know it, they've fallen in love. Rich is a wonderful guy and a great friend to Jamie. He's known her since they worked together on the high school year book where they constantly butted heads, but once they worked through those differences, they became the best of friends. Rich has always been there for Jamie. He's the one person she knows she can call day or night if she needs someone to share her problems or help her out. Rich is very responsible and doesn't take Jamie's proposal to father her child lightly. I liked that he refused to simply be a sperm donor, but instead wanted to be involved every step of the way in the process. He also refuses to let Jamie bear the entire burden of pregnancy and raising a child alone. He wants to be a true father in every sense of the word and for that I admired him. The realization that he'd been in love with Jamie for a long time kind of sneaks up on him, but once he figures it out, he knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he wants to be a permanent part of her life if she'll let him. Being the hopeless romantic that I am, I'm not sure I could have made the choices Jamie did to abandon dating and have a child on her own, but I respected her decisions. At least, she wanted someone she knew and trusted to father her baby rather than a stranger, but of course, that led to all sorts of unintended consequences. Jamie was a sweet heroine, but her biggest faults were her stubbornness and lack of communication. She tends to be one of those women who expects her man to decode her odd moods and unspoken words which could be a little frustrating at times. I have to admit though, that Rich was guilty of these things sometimes too. They were both just a little too stubborn for their own good, which led to several arguments. They have a tendency to misinterpret the other's actions, especially after sharing intimacies, which led to even more miscommunications and misunderstandings. Their obstinacy also makes them both afraid to reveal their feelings, leaving them waiting on the other one to say or do something to indicate they want more than a marriage of convenience. I suppose this could be viewed as a comedy of errors, but it did give me pause. I started to wonder if they were going to make it for the long haul since both of them were so reluctant to open up, but once they finally got past expressing their feelings, things seemed to change between them for the better. In Marriage of Inconvenience, readers get to know Rich's two brothers a little better. Paul is a journalist and the only one of the brothers who is already married, which makes him the perfect person to give Rich a little advice on the topic. However, his marital status tragically changes, leading him to become the hero of the next book, Stand-In Wife. Jason is a veterinarian and playboy who has no intention of getting married. He is the closest of Rich's siblings and becomes the hero of the third book, Bride on the Loose. Then there is Rich's sister, Christy's ex-fiancé, James, an attorney who helps Rich and Jamie draw up a legal agreement. I had been a little disappointed that a seemingly good man like James got left out in the cold in the last book of The Manning Sisters duet, so it's nice to know that he'll get his HEA too, the fourth and last in the series, Same Time, Next Year. Overall, Marriage of Inconvenience was a light and easy, but enjoyable read. It contained a lot of themes I typically love, so if Rich and Jamie hadn't been quite so stubborn and hadn't had so many misunderstandings, it probably would have been a keeper for me. As is, I still liked it, and the prospect of Paul, Jason, and James becoming future heroes has sufficiently whetted my appetite for more of “Those Manning Men.” Marriage of Inconvenience was originally published as a stand-alone novel in the Silhouette Special Edition line, and was later reprinted in the single-author anthology The Manning Brides along with the second book of the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Carly Ellen Kramer

    I thought this book was a bit hokey, to be honest. I was on board with a plot beginning with a marriage between platonic friends, but the instant jealousy afterward was a little creepy. There were too many details that were just too unrealistic to be clever.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Moritz

    This is another story that could and should have been longer I felt. Good fast read there is just a lot more that could have been included in the story.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jack Vasen

    This first book in the series appears that it can stand alone. I suspect later books may build on some details, but nothing is left hanging in this one. I hated Rich and strongly disliked Jamie. For two people who are supposed to be best friends going back 15 or so years, they treat each other horribly and have no trust for one another. Jamie acts like a totally insecure wimp most of the time. Rich acts like a caveman. Both are prickly and seem to be waiting to take offense at the other. After the This first book in the series appears that it can stand alone. I suspect later books may build on some details, but nothing is left hanging in this one. I hated Rich and strongly disliked Jamie. For two people who are supposed to be best friends going back 15 or so years, they treat each other horribly and have no trust for one another. Jamie acts like a totally insecure wimp most of the time. Rich acts like a caveman. Both are prickly and seem to be waiting to take offense at the other. After the premise is set, the plot is extremely thin. It is a roller-coaster ride, but my overall feeling was that it was depressing. I think that many of the situations that depressed me were supposed to have been humorous, but having the leading lady cry all the time and the leading male spark with fury over misunderstandings does not leave me laughing. Admittedly, some of the family stuff was probably funny even if it passed me by. Mature themes: not really. Love scenes between the married couple were quite mild. There is one scene where the woman says no a couple times, but sends mixed signals and has mixed feelings with the result seeming to be that she really wanted to.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ava

    Well, It was one of McComber's earlier stories. Nothing new, light romance. I have to agree with other reviews. The story is dragging a bit, the constant misunderstandings between the main characters did annoy me at times. I also found the female character inconsistent. On the one hand is she displayed as a modern independent woman, who is ready to become a single mom, but on the other hand does she not have the courage to address any issues with the man she chose as the father of her child. In g Well, It was one of McComber's earlier stories. Nothing new, light romance. I have to agree with other reviews. The story is dragging a bit, the constant misunderstandings between the main characters did annoy me at times. I also found the female character inconsistent. On the one hand is she displayed as a modern independent woman, who is ready to become a single mom, but on the other hand does she not have the courage to address any issues with the man she chose as the father of her child. In good all McComber manner, displaying a world where women ones in a while have become strong and independent walking an uncommon path, everything turns to a proper happy end, restoring social life to the point where it should be. It was okay for me. Enough to relax before falling asleep.

  12. 5 out of 5

    doris

    Macomber/marriage of inconvenience The story was ok but didn't wow. I expected a little more. It's about rich and Jamie who were best friend first. they become disillusion from failed dating. But Jamie wants a baby , without marriage, one thing led to another they both get marry to each other with a lot of stipulations that doesn't work. It was too much like most story written of this type story no wow factor, was a little disappointed, first time i read a story of macomber that I read before fro Macomber/marriage of inconvenience The story was ok but didn't wow. I expected a little more. It's about rich and Jamie who were best friend first. they become disillusion from failed dating. But Jamie wants a baby , without marriage, one thing led to another they both get marry to each other with a lot of stipulations that doesn't work. It was too much like most story written of this type story no wow factor, was a little disappointed, first time i read a story of macomber that I read before from another author similar. But enjoy most of macombe r other books

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    The only thing to recommend this book is the interesting premise. Rather than a chase then marriage, this one is marriage and then the gradual realization that the couple loves each other. This was not a good read. The prose was pedestrian, the plot moved at the speed of a glacier. I skimmed the last half, just to see whether there was any improvement. There wasn't. Debbie Macomber (or whoever writes under her name) is variable in quality. Some of her books are nice easy reads, some are terrible The only thing to recommend this book is the interesting premise. Rather than a chase then marriage, this one is marriage and then the gradual realization that the couple loves each other. This was not a good read. The prose was pedestrian, the plot moved at the speed of a glacier. I skimmed the last half, just to see whether there was any improvement. There wasn't. Debbie Macomber (or whoever writes under her name) is variable in quality. Some of her books are nice easy reads, some are terrible. This was terrible.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Linda Walters

    Jamie was afraid that the long-standing friendship that they have had will get ruined if they get married. And it's a valid concern. Misunderstanding after misunderstanding crops up. For two people who communicated so well before now suddenly that all came to a screaming halt. I didn't really enjoy this story all that much,it was just okay. It was emotional yes but it was also somewhat predictable too. There were no real surprises.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Veronica

    Honestly, I never would have read this book if I had not been at a relative's house and this was the only non-murder mystery novel there but once I did choose it I wanted it to be good. Jamie and Rich's plans never made much sense to me and Rich was such a jerk once they were married. The whole thing just rubbed me the wrong way.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jill Cohen

    An older work by Debbie Macomber and not nearly as good as Cedar Cove or Blossom Street. Not as well developed as some of her other books. Also a bit more steam that I am used to from her books (thought still very tame.). But you can't go wrong with Debbie's books. Always a fun way to escape and relax for awhile.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    Not My favorite I discovered Debbie Macomber through the Hallmark channel while visiting my mom one summer and have enjoyed her books since then. However, I must say this one isn’t my favorite. It seemed to take forever for the lead characters to admit to their true feelings for each other, with a lot of childish antics along the way. I will read more books y Debbie, though.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    #1 in a series The title really gives the story away, but there are so many funny things going on with Jamie and Rich who have been friends since high school. They are best friends but they don't realize that they could be more then friends.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Eloise

    This book should have been better. Plot seemed promising but the character's behavior was implausible, the dialogue ridiculous. They behaved more like high schoolers. I've read and enjoyed any number of Macomber's books, but this is by far the worst one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Judith Doyel

    Inconvenience? Ha There is nothing so great as realizing that you are truly in love with your best friend. Through twists and turns and circumstances that are humorous and annoying Jamie and Rich find their way to love, in spite of marriage and a baby. A good quick read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Norma D. Ninfadore

    Wonderful love story Interesting from beginning to end. I lked both the main characters but feel their get together was dragged out to long. However, the story was good and I enjoyed it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sara Jo

    It didn’t take long to realize this was an old book recovered with a more modern look. I was so irritated for about 90% of the story. I hated how Rich talked about Jamie or to Jamie. I hated how ridiculous and inconsistent Jamie was about EVERYTHING.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Fillbrandt

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Honestly I needed a hundred pages of Jamie’s pregnancy to be truly happy with this book. It was missing all the things I really love in a contractual marriage trope, but saying that I didn’t hate the book. It was just an average romance that I didn’t gain or lose anything from.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Roxanne

    Great book, quick read!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    Typical light romance where hero and heroine are misunderstanding each other and madly in love. How oh how do the figure it out?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Audrey Ettinger

    Reread of an old favorite romance novel. Nothing surprising, but totally enjoyable.

  27. 5 out of 5

    SSShafiq

    I don’t know why but this one made my smile. Cute and a little formulaic but simple, straightforward and something that cheered me up today. I needed it! Perfect stress antidote.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Carolanne wollin

    Sometimes I wanted to wring Jamie’s neck. Communication is the key to any relationship.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Pam

    Read this in a couple hours. A great escapist novel.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Ruhl

    The constant miscommunication is painful.

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